Wednesday, June 18, 2014

What Would Beyonce Do?

They say comparison is the thief of joy, but sometimes I wonder if that's completely true. I mean, yeah I know we shouldn't compare someone else's "highlight reel" with the dirty details of our own life, but what if their highlight reel is inspiring and encouraging to those who look upon it? We've all heard or seen at least one form or another of the acronym WWJD (What Would Jesus Do?), WWBWD (What Would Blair Waldorf Do?), WWMD (What Would Miley Do?), or WWBD (What Would Beyonce Do?) and in each sense it's used to improve our daily lives. I trust that Jesus, Blair Waldorf, Miley Cyrus, and Beyonce have better decision making skills than I do , so when a conflict arises I look to them and their wisdom for guidance. Compared to my life, they have everything put together in a neat little package with a pretty polka dot bow on top (except in Miley's case. But she's an inspiration in her own right.) so why wouldn't I look to them for advice? They push me to be more than what I would be if I were on my own; they encourage me to live outside of my Munachi box.

Case in point: a couple of weeks ago I came across a tweet that read "The sad moment when you realize Beyonce has the same number of hours in her day as you do." It was supposed to be joke, and even though I laughed I still took it seriously. What is Beyonce doing that I am not to make her life so overtly glamorous?! Maybe she doesn't spend 4+ hours on Instagram every day, or maybe she doesn't neglect her work only to feel bad about not getting it done when the deadline comes around, or maybe she doesn't complain about every task she's given that wasn't originally on her schedule. Maybe instead of living her life she's actually making it. What if whenever I realize I've been scrolling through the lives of people I'll never meet for an unhealthy length of time I'd put my phone down, think WWBD, and get off my butt and get something done. I'd become Beyonce 2.0 and before I know it people would be saying WWMD. I can guarantee I'd feel more satisfied with my life if I was using it to be more productive. Getting things done and using my time to help others is what makes me happy every day and if I need Beyonce, Miley, or Blair to do that you can bet I'll be asking what they would do.

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